Well I’m already halfway through finals week. Saying this just made me realize how much it might come as shock for anyone reading this blog because I’ve done such a bad job of updating my life in school. I’ve been so set on certain issues and exploring the Grenadian context of life, I never filled anyone in on the reason I’m really here: the bars..er…i mean…SCHOOL!
The Public Health Student Association sponsored a beach-clean up…on a booze cruise. One hour of cleaning up the beach was rewarded with 7 hours of unlimited booze on a pretty sweet boat. Talk about being rewarded for hard work!
My research mentor for most of my undergraduate career.
As an undergrad at UW, I was fortunate to work in James Thomson’s regenerative biology lab. Jamie (as he was fondly known) was the first cellular biologist in the world to derive the first set of human embryonic stem cell lines and in 2007, matched his previous brilliance with a new ability to program adult skin cells into becoming pluripotent stem cells. Although rather demure in nature, Jamie’s novel work catapulted him into not only the limelight of scientific endeavor but also the ire of certain conservatives as well. His breakthroughs were discussed in terms of not only medical impact and potential for progress but initiated tangents on moral and ethical guidelines. From the Bush administration to the Obama administration, regulating stem cell research is a topic still laced with obstacles and contrived of many ill-formed perspectives. The promise stem cells hold in terms of treatment towards many debilitating diseases on the face of planet today is boundless and immense—something I won’t even attempt to approach in this blog. Likewise, the amount of funding poured into such research endeavors stands to be astounding, especially if the president is allowed to lift the limit on how much funding can be provided. Continue reading